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Non-profit provides housing to children who make the honor roll

SEAT PLEASANT, Md. (WUSA9) --- One out of every four children face poverty and homelessness in the area.

Volunteers of America, Chesapeake strives to provide a stable environment for homeless children and their families. One of the non-profit's programs offers housing and support to over 80 low-income families and their children at Eastern Avenue Apartments.

WUSA got to visit the community center at the apartment complex  during a pizza party for the children in the after-school program. The elementary-aged students have all made the honor roll this semester.  

WUSA9 has launched a #GiveJoy toy drive campaign this holiday season. You may buy a toy online or provide a donation to one of these honor roll students through the #GiveJoy webpage.

The children usually get homework help from dedicated staff and volunteers like 78-year-old LaVerne Quigley who has been working with the children since 1969.

Quigley says the children keeps her coming back: "I just love them. I've been here so long, that half of them, most of them moved out and everything."

The Eastern Avenue Apartments provides a stable environment for children, so they may be on a path to a brighter future despite socio-economic barriers within the community.  Residential coordinator Michael Marable says he wants to "better this community" despite many challenges.

"Several stories have brought tears to my eyes. Feels good, feels good to help people," Marable said.

The apartment complex provides families with basic housing, food, resume help and regular after-school tutoring.  

The children continue to strive for academic success.

"It feels good," said Kamori, a second-grade student who has made the honor roll again. 

"Because you get to show your parents that you did good in school and you get rewards for being good in school."